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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: best opening act

who was the best opener you saw when touring with the boys? I really liked Little feat in 88

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Hmmm, interesting no one mentions Santana again. I never got to see him open for the Dead but everyone I know who did said it was excellent and he almost always jammed with the boys afterwards.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Los Lobos (w/ Dave Alvin appearing) and David Lindley/El Rayo X at laguna seca was great. garcia w/ hidalgo.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Man, how could I possibly forget? 6/25/78-Eugene, OR: Eddie Money was kind of a joke, probably only there because he was being managed by Bill Graham's company, but The Outlaws kicked some serious southern rock ass, and then Santana.

My God, Santana!

His reputation and that of his band over these past few years amounts to a middle-of-the-road Top 40 player, but for a long time, their shows were absolutely blistering, a relentless assault of power and emotion.

Yep, no doubt about it, Santana was the superlative of Grateful Dead openers.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 1, 2007 10:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Yea I saw Santana a bunch of times solo in the late 80's and early 90's and he was on fire then. Must be just kickin back with the bucks from his new found superstardom now.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 2, 2007 3:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

And just to qualify, we did see the Supernatural show in St. Louis, and it was by no means weak. Great show, just very different than the Santana of the 70's.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

sadly i missed most acts because i was vending to make it from one show to the next but was able to catch steve miller once and sting on another.gotta say sting was very good,steve miller was a let down.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

abracadabra just didn't reach out and grab ya, huh?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

I liked both Sting and Feat and would give them top billing but I gotta say the biggest thrill I ever got from an opening act was the Violent Femmes. "Why can't I get just one F%#K must have somthin to do with luck" oh yea those were the days or day as it were.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

ha good one,steve didn't seem to have his chops down well at least at that show can't recall the date.guess i should cut him some slack,it was his first touring big stadiums in a long time.i didn't know it at the time but i guess he was out the touring biz for a few years prior to that i could be wrong.summer 92 was the year.he did come out and played with the boys in chicago and did a good job but james cotton was way better and had jerry grinnin that night.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 1, 2007 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

I saw Miller in vegas and was underwhelmed. He did pop out with the Dead late second set. Problem with opening acts is that they usually were summer tour fillers. On the east coast you had the humidity and west coast like Vegas, it was 110 in the shade. Too hot to sit through an hour set and another hour plus for the boys to take the stage.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 2, 2007 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Miles Davis 1970!

Ok, too young for that. Just wanted to be cool. : )

I've only ever saw them have an opening band three times - New Grass Revival, Bonnie Raitt New Years 89, Beauseleil 2/27/90, Santana 6/28/91

Probably Santana was the best although having Michael Deucett sit in for Iko Iko and Women are Smarter during the Mardis Gras parade was pretty damn good.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2007 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

I have a great selection, if memory serves (June, 75):

Jerry Garcia Band
Kingfish
K & D Band
Mirrors (?)

So, I nominate this for the best opening act(s)

Crap; just saw Allmans and QMS...crap.

This post was modified by William Tell on 2007-07-01 22:41:06

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 1, 2007 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Best? No opinion because I've seen some good ones. I liked Steve and his band just fine, thank you very much. It was their last night on the tour, and they served up about a half hour or more worth of straight blues before any of the big hits, and once they did start with those, beginning with Fly Like an Eagle, it sounded great.

Sting scored five out of five stars.

Warren Zevon was a treat.

And Traffic, such as it was (Chris Wood had been gone for years and, of course, Dave Mason was nowhere to be seen), really could have elicited no complaints about their performance.

I didn't see it, but the strangest opener ever might have been Violent Femmes at Buckeye Lake in '91. What was up with that? (note: this was being written while barongsong was posting, and I had never really heard a definitive opinion) And it was one of the Rubin & Cherise shows, no less.

Best opening act I ever saw at a concert was The Grateful Dead.

This post was modified by BryanE on 2007-07-01 18:46:52

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Poster: yesss! Date: Jul 1, 2007 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

yeah, violent femmes was a funny opener for the dead. i actually like some of their albums but it just seemed out of place. that show (6/9/91) has some really nice moments though- especially crazy>playin>he's gone. the crazy>playin transition is insanely tight and he's gone has a gnarly outro jam with jerry wailing.

my favorite opening bands were: little feat and branford marsalis quartet. branfords band was sick: tain watts and kevin eubanks are both monsters and they looked pretty stoked to be rocking 20,000+ heads.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 1, 2007 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

im guessing no one has seen the violent femmes as a headliner the bass player makes phil look like a rookie since hes usually the only one plugged in it was bombs galore do yourself a favor go see them i saw steve miller in buffalo most of his band is from buffalo made for a grate lineup since i thought the boys sounded sub par 6-6-92 ill see james cotton in 2 weeks

This post was modified by nagdot on 2007-07-01 20:35:43

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

I for one really enjoyed the Violent Femmes opening. I think it was about a 50 50 split with the audience either loving it or hating it. I must say though I think Jerry liked it because he was totally ON that night.

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Poster: JayColodesch Date: Jul 1, 2007 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

What about the Blues Brothers closing Winterland. A glorious fun evening/morning had by all. And boy could Jake do flips!!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 1, 2007 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

The Allman Brothers, Feb 11, 13, 14 1970.

And Quicksilver a year or so earlier.

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Poster: another one Date: Jul 1, 2007 3:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

that shit just isnt fair

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 1, 2007 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

excuse me while i go hang myself ...

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 1, 2007 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

oh yeah?! Well, I saw the Indigo Girls in Eugene....Barfy McPuke.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 1, 2007 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

Hands down: The Nevilles, whom I saw open 4 or 5 times from 12-31-85 through '86

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Poster: lostmoon Date: Jul 1, 2007 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

actually, years later, seeing Warren do the acoustic bit opening for the Dead was a treat. He was top-notch.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Jul 2, 2007 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best opening act

traffic in 1994 ..

jerry jammin' on dear mr fantasy -oh so good !!!!!

traffic put out out a dvd with it ..... :)